United States to slap sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent attack

United States to slap sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent attack

"In our view, these and earlier restrictions are absolutely unlawful and don't conform to global law", Mr Peskov said.

A Russia Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Thursday the restrictions represent a new attempt to "demonize Russia". "Your compliance with the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 is critical to showing Putin that we are serious about challenging his deadly acts, as well as his ongoing attacks on our democracy".

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Novichok military-grade nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March.

The US is poised to impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for a March nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

Police think the novichok was sprayed or smeared on their front doorknob with a perfume bottle. One of them died.

Medvedev said that while the USA says that the sanctions are meant to punish Russia's "bad" behavior, their real goal is to sideline a rival.

Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the Kremlin considers the new sanctions "categorically unacceptable" and "illegal", while adding that Russia "still retains hopes of building constructive relations with Washington". Anger over what some USA lawmakers saw as a too-deferential performance by Trump and his failure to confront Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in U.S. politics galvanized a new sanctions push against Moscow. Moscow, in turn, responded to the worldwide action by ordering its own expulsion of foreign diplomats. "Our country had been living under constant pressure through sanctions for the last hundred years", Medvedev said, accusing the USA and its allies of employing sanctions to undercut global competition.

Russia's embassy in London said they had not received any extradition requests over allegations any of its citizens were involved in the novichok poisonings.

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Stokes added he "felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself". She told the court the cricketer had been "squaring up" to a group of men at the side of the road as she approached them.

Separate legislation introduced last week in draft form by Republican and Democratic senators, dubbed "the sanctions bill from hell" by one of its backers, proposes curbs on the operations of several state-owned Russian banks in the United States and restrictions on their use of the dollar.

In a statement issued by its embassy in Washington, Russia called charges that Moscow employed chemical weapons "far fetched" - arguing the USA lacked evidence, and repeating demands for a new investigation into the poisoning. (Authorities believe a British woman's death was caused by accidental exposure to the nerve agent).

"The mandatory sanctions that follow this determination are key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation".

"In recent years, Vladimir Putin has steadily escalated his campaign to consolidate power and undermine the United States", Royce said in the letter.

While criticized as too keen to strike up a friendship with Putin, Trump maintains that he's been tough on Moscow.

The head of the foreign-relations committee of Russia's Senate, Konstantin Kosachev, compared the new sanctions to a "lynching".

It also comes after the Trump administration announced fresh sanctions against Russian Federation after determining it was responsible for poisoning double-agent Sergei Skripal with Novichok in England earlier this year.

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